Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Mass General teams deploy in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma

MGH Center for Global Health, Office of Global Disaster Response team

BOSTON – Seventeen Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) staff members were deployed today as part of two teams headed to Texas and Florida in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. These individuals are in addition to four staff members who recently returned from Texas after assisting with the federal Trauma and Critical Care Team.

The Texas team, organized by the Office of Global Disaster Response in MGH’s Center for Global Health, will work with Project Hope and Americares and will be based in Houston to assist with care at the San Jose Clinic, a safety-net clinic providing services to those who struggle the most with accessing care. The team consists of six clinicians including four nurse practitioners and two pharmacists.

The Florida team, deployed with MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), includes 11 members comprised of two physicians, five nurses, one nurse anesthetist, one physician’s assistant, a social worker, and a paramedic. The group will remain on alert in Georgia as they await further assignment.

For more information on how to help MGH’s disaster efforts, visit: https://giving.massgeneral.org/disaster.

DMAT team

 

About the Massachusetts General Hospital
Founded in 1811, the Massachusetts General Hospital is the oldest and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. The 999-bed medical center each year admits more than 50,000 inpatients, handles more than 1.5 million visits to its extensive outpatient programs at the main campus and four health centers, and records more than 105,958 emergency visits. The surgical staff perform more than 42,000 operations annually, and the MGH Vincent Obstetrics Service delivers nearly 3,900 babies a year. The largest nongovernment employer in the city of Boston, the MGH has more than 24,877 employees, including more than 4,800 registered nurses. MGH conducts the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual research budget of more than $850 million.  MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital are founding members of Partners HealthCare System, a Boston-based integrated health care delivery system. In 2003, MGH became the first hospital in the state to be awarded Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In August 2017 the MGH was once again named to the Honor Roll in the U.S. News & World Report list of "America's Best Hospitals."

Noah Brown, Mass General Public Affairs, nbrown9@partners.org, 617-643-3907

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